PADUCAH, Mo. (KFVS) – The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet (KYTC) has added interactive surveillance to two construction zones on Interstate 24 in Kentucky to improve safety for motorists and workers.
Using sensors and other technologies, the systems monitor the speed of traffic in the work area, then relay the information to interactive signage that alerts approaching motorists.
“If traffic slows down or stops, the system changes the message on the portable signs to alert drivers approaching the work area of what is happening,” said the chief engineer of District 1 of KYTC, Kyle Poat. “Our engineers place appropriate signage to give drivers an idea of what to expect, but drivers still need to process this information, take it to heart, and slow down to meet the restrictive conditions of the upcoming work area.”
KYTC District 1 deployed interactive surveillance in a work area on the east side of I-24 at the 4 mile terminal in Paducah and at entry points for a concrete rehabilitation project between 55.5 miles and 64.5 in parts of Caldwell and Trigg counties.
A work area on I-69 at the 33.5 mile post in Graves County also has interactive surveillance.
Poat said strong demand for the technology by state transportation agencies has created an equipment shortage.
Kentucky plans to keep them for use on long-term work areas.
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